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Rowdy ‘Nugent’ Puts a Stranglehold on the Steer Show at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show
Crossbred Heavyweight Champion Tops More Than 70 entries
1/10/2010

Rowdy ‘Nugent’ Puts a Stranglehold on the Steer Show at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show
Crossbred Heavyweight Champion Tops More Than 70 entries

Harrisburg – Eleven-year-old Bryce Fitzgerald of Unionville, Chester County, took home the Grand Champion award with his crossbred heavyweight steer, ‘Nugent,’ on Sunday, Jan. 10, at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Weighing in at 1,360 pounds, Nugent won his heavyweight class, Champion Crossbred Heavyweight and Champion Crossbred before taking the Grand Champion title. The steer’s nervousness and excitement was noted by several in the crowd when he tried to get away from Bryce.

Reserve Grand Champion Steer went to Claudia Hissong, 13, of Greencastle, Franklin County, and her purebred Mainetainer, ‘Macon.’  At 1,420 pounds, Macon won his heavyweight class and Champion Other Purebred before taking Reserve Grand Champion.

Dr. Dan Eversole, director of beef cattle programs at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., served as the judge. 

“This was a very powerful steer show,” he said.  “I was pleased with the quality from top to bottom.”

Showmanship judge, Margeaux Firestine of Womelsdorf, Berks County, is currently attending University of Pennsylvania vet school and serves as the Director of National Hereford Women.

Champion and Reserve Champions of each breed are:
Champion Angus Steer: Morgan Livingston, York Co.
Res. Champion Angus Steer:  Sarah Lownes, Chester Co.

Champion Hereford & Polled Hereford Steer: Jenna Ritchey, Bedford Co.
Res. Champion Hereford & Polled Hereford Steer: Walker Dunn, Crawford Co.

Champion Shorthorn Steer: Talia Hicks, Philadelphia Co.
Res. Champion Shorthorn Steer: Ruby Monn, Cumberland Co.

Champion Other Purebred Steer:  Claudia Hissong, Franklin Co.
Res. Champion Other Purebred Steer: Pierce Willson, Fayette Co.

Champion Lightweight Steer: Nicole Hoffman, Columbia Co.
Res. Champion Lightweight Steer: Doug Musser, Lancaster Co.

Champion Middleweight Steer: Scott Gardner, Fayette Co.
Res. Champion Middleweight Steer: Ryan Nolt, Lancaster Co.

Champion LightHeavyweight Steer: Megan Vonada, Clinton Co.
Res. Champion LightHeavyweight Steer: Justin Welk, Lancaster Co.

Champion Heavyweight Steer: Bryce Fitzgerald, Chester Co.
Res. Champion Heavyweight Steer: Val Svonavec, Somerset Co.

Champion Crossbred Steer: Bryce Fitzgerald, Chester Co.
Res. Champion Crossbred Steer: Megan Vonada, Clinton Co.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.

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